Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Smile!

Stress, an unwelcome guest in our lives, can impact many facets of our well-being. Its harmful effects are profound and extensive, from causing physical health issues to psychological problems. One often overlooked victim of stress is our oral health. In honor of National Relaxation Day (August 15), this blog will delve into how stress can damage our smile and explore preventive measures, from understanding the connection between stress and bruxism to stressing the importance of regular dental checkups and dental hygiene.

The Connection between Stress and Bruxism

Bruxism, simply put, is the condition of grinding and clenching our teeth, primarily while sleeping. Research reveals a notable connection between bruxism and stress; studies show that people dealing with stressful situations are more prone to bruxism. This undue grinding and clenching can lead to severe oral health issues, including enamel wear, tooth fractures, and jaw pain. Approximately 70% of bruxism cases are directly linked to stress and anxiety, indicating a dire need for stress management and appropriate dental care.

Recognizing the Signs of Bruxism

Awareness is key in combating bruxism. Common signs include recurrent headaches, jaw soreness, and worn-down teeth. If you notice these symptoms, it’s essential to consult a dental professional immediately to prevent further damage. Your oral health is an integral part of your overall health. It deserves your attention, particularly if you are dealing with stress.

Managing Stress to Protect Your Smile

Actively managing stress is critical in reducing bruxism. Effective stress management techniques include regular physical exercise, meditation, and engaging in hobbies that you love. A reduction in stress levels alleviates the frequency of bruxism, thereby lessening its impact on your oral health. Moreover, maintaining a balanced work-life equation can help keep stress at bay.

Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are your safeguard against the onslaught of bruxism. Especially during stressful times, your dentist can detect early signs of bruxism and other dental issues, enabling timely intervention. Busy schedules or heightened stress should not be reasons to overlook these critical appointments. Remember, prevention is better than cure!

Dental Hygiene: Your First Line of Defense

Effective dental hygiene is the primary line of defense against oral health issues. Simple practices like brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash go a long way in preserving a healthy smile. These habits reduce the chances of stress-related bruxism damaging your teeth, thereby keeping your smile bright and radiant.

Custom Nightguards for Bruxism

Custom nightguards are a worthy solution to manage bruxism. These oral appliances, specifically designed to fit your mouth, help protect your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep. Consulting your dentist for personalized advice and nightguard fittings can be a pivotal step in mitigating bruxism.


In conclusion, while stress can indeed cause significant harm to our oral health and smile, understanding the link between stress and oral health, along with taking proactive measures, can prevent such damage. Regular dental checkups, maintaining proper dental hygiene, stress management, and suitable dental treatments like nightguards and periodontal therapy are all tools to safeguard your smile, even in challenging times.


It is essential to keep in mind a beautiful smile is not just a marker of beauty but also a reflection of your overall health. So, protect it diligently, and don’t let stress rob you of your radiant smile!


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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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